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Banned Books Read-Out

Please join us in celebrating your freedom to read by reading aloud selections from your favorite banned or challenged books! 

Banned Books Week is September 25 through October 1, and to bring awareness to this national week of advocacy, we are hosting a read-out in the library lobby on Monday-Tuesday, September 26-27, between 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.  

Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to particiapte. We are going to have the reading chair and a selection of banned or challenged books set up under the staircase all week long, so if you can't make it on Monday or Tuesday but are inspired to come read aloud later in the week, we encourage you to do so! 

What is a readout?

A continuous public (or virtual) reading of a single or multiple banned books. Learn more by watching this video

What am I being asked to do?

Select your favorite Banned or Challenged Book (this guide has some ideas), and either bring your own copy or borrow one of ours and read aloud in the library lobby for 15 minutes. 

What if I want to participate, but i dont know what to read?

Check out our Banned Books Week LibGuide – it has a list of banned classics and contemporary works. We're confident you'll find something that resonates with you!  

OK, I'm in! What do I do know?

  1. Sign up for your desired time slot. 
  2. Invite a friend to do the same!
  3. Get a hold of your book and figure out what passage you'd like to read. Practice if you're nervous. (And maybe even if you're not.) 
  4. Come to the library lobby a few minutes before your designated shift.
  5. Write the name of the book you're reading on the whiteboard.
  6. Take a seat, and read aloud for 15 minutes! You don't need to try to read so loudly that everyone in the Info Commons can hear you, but reading clearly and projecting enough that passers-by might stop and be engaged for a few moments is encouraged.
  7. High-five the next volunteer as you switch spots. :)

I don't want to read aloud, but I do think Banned Books Week is awesome, and I want to participate some other way.

Option 1: Let us feature you on our Library News page. Just contact John Jackson (info below), and he'll send you a brief questionnaire, and schedule a quick photo shoot. 

Option 2: Take a photo or video of you with your favorite Banned Book. Upload it to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, and tag @lmulibrary and #bannedbooksweek so that we can find it.  

Thanks for considering this opportunity to partner with us – please feel free to share this with anyone who you think might be interested! Please don't hesitate to get in touch with John Jackson, Outreach & Communications Librarian, if you have any questions. (john.jackson@lmu.edu, 310-338-5234)

Monday, September 26, 2016
11:00am - 9:00pm
Information Commons (level 1)
Book Event

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